Sunday, August 23, 2015

Getting Schooled: Rootie Kazootie (1950)

Back in the 50's, kids were into puppets. At the head of the pack, of course, was Howdy Doody, but not far behind, especially in his home city of New York, was Rootie Kazootie, whose daily series began as a local entry in New York in 1950, then went national a year later, first on NBC, home of Howdy Doody, then on ABC, before the series was cancelled in 1954.

More than 40 years later, there was a brief, localized revival, produced for cable. Unfortunately, Rootie would not get a second chance at becoming a national or global icon.

Let's take a step back in time to 1953, when Rootie is threatened by Poison Zoomack and what otherwise is a simple magnet.

Today, if someone wanted to revive the series, it'd have to be done as a cartoon, likely in CGI, to get the children's attention. Recent attempts to use puppets have failed miserably. Yeah, I'm referring to Teen Titans GO!.

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